Warner Bros. was working on a live-action version of Batman Beyond with Michael Keaton before its DC Universe shakeup.
During the latest episode of The Hot Mic podcast, Jeff Sneider reported that Warner Bros. cancelled a Batman movie featuring Michael Keaton as an older version of Bruce Wayne following his appearance in The Flash. After the episode, Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez revealed that the movie was a live-action take on Batman Beyond.
The Batman Beyond movie was being penned by Christina Hodson, the writer behind Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and The Flash. According to Jeff Sneider, Hodson’s Batman Beyond was killed by James Gunn and Peter Safran, the new heads of Warner Bros Discovery’s DC division.
For now, Michael Keaton is still set to appear in Ezra Miller’s first cinematic solo outing as The Flash, which is said to be testing through the roof. The movie was recently rescheduled and is now set to hit theaters on June 16, 2023.
Who else is attached to the Flash movie?
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller and Michael Keaton, The Flash also features Ben Affleck as another version of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso and Luke Brandon Field are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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